New York Celebrates Same Sex Marriage

On June 24th, 2011, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. A month later the state made history again as same-sex couples flocked to Manhattan to say “I Do!”

The clouds were grey and New York got relief after a record-breaking heat wave. But nothing broke the spirits of same-sex couples who wanted to get married. Everyone was out and friends and family were in full support.

Support came in all types. Rev. Jacqui Lewis PhD is a Senior Minister at the Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village. She was on hand to help some of the couples get married.

“This is a day where marriage equality actually gets operationalized…and it’s a good day, it’s a good day for the church and a good day for all the gay for all the gay people that can get married.”

Antonio Lopez (pictured left) and Alvin Woods (right) said ‘I Do’ after only being together six months. The youngest couple I found was happy this day had come.

Alvin explained that the day he met Antonio he would marry him.

He went on to say that Antonio ‘easily’ became his best friend and how he’s his absolute best friend.

Summing up the love he has for Antonio:

“I feel like I went through life to meet him.”

The President of the Imperial Court of New York runs a non-profit organization that raises money for the LGBT direct service groups and HIV/AIDS charity.

When I asked him about societies view on the same-sex issue he responded with:

“You know after a while people are just going to forget,”

“Like everything else in this country they’ll fight fight fight, then when it becomes status quo, they move on to something else to fight for.”

However, the day’s event wasn’t without hate……

Margie J. Phelps has a Twitter @MargieJPhelps and runs a website

(I’m not kidding) and was one of the many protestors on site. Now I refuse to repeat what her and many others who shared her views said, but by reading the signs, you get the message.

But amongst those who didn’t see eye to eye with same-sex marriage, there were those who showed support in color, costumes, and even interesting attire!

Check out the sights & sounds of this historic day!


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